Price was a typical Mormon community, then the railroad came through town. Coal mining soon replaced ranching and farming as the town was flooded with immigrants from around the world. The Price Mural captures much of the area's history in a colorful work of art in the Price Municipal Building. The city is home to Utah State University Eastern and the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum (Read: A Deep Dig into Utah's Deep Time). In nearby Helper, you'll find the Western Mining and Railroad Museum. The art of ancient cultures is well-represented in Nine Mile Canyon, a 40-mile stretch that can take the better part of a day to fully experience its pictographs and petroglyphs. The nearby San Rafael Swell area shelters many old cowboy and mine sites.
Family Fun Attractions
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has a newly renovated and expanded visitor center containing a 30-foot Allosaur skeletal mount and almost two dozen other new exhibits. Located 32 miles south of Price on Hwys 10, 155, and then signed county roads, (435) 636-3600.
Desert Wave Pool has three action waves and calm water for year-round swims, 240 East 500 North, (435) 637-7946.
The USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, located in downtown Price, offers extensive exhibits in paleontology, archaeology and geology including a reconstruction of a huge Columbian mammoth and activity areas for the kids. 155 E. Main St., (435) 613-5060.
The North Springs Shooting Complex is nestled in the hills by Wattis, an old mining community 15 miles south of Price. The facility has many venues and will accommodate shooters of all ages and abilities, including the Law Enforcement Training Range and Public Range, (435) 636-3705.
Other Nearby Attractions
The Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale shows the geologic attributes, plant and animal life of the area, along with native artifacts and history. The Bryner Pioneer Museum in Price provides a glimpse of the hardy, dedicated farmers and ranchers who sought their living from an unforgiving land.
For more detailed information on attractions, accommodations and dining, visit Carbon Country Office of Tourism.
Fishing Scofield State Park
Scofield State Park is a peaceful, scenic reservoir with an uncanny ability to produce big fish in quick fashion.
The city of Green River was once a stomping ground for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, and is a haven for river runners who raft places such as Desolation and Gray Canyons.
Green River State Park
Green River State Park is a great place to begin your adventure on the Green River. If you make the journey you’ll be rewarded with easy access to the river, sheltered campgrounds and picnic areas, a nine-hole golf course, and a new eighteen-basket disc golf course.
Settled in 1881, Helper was named after the team of “helper” coal-powered steam engines that assisted freight trains up the neighboring canyon and over Soldier’s Summit; the city was created because of and for the coal industry. Though the tracks are still integral in the town’s DNA and even more-so, history, its identity has changed.
Manti-La Sal National Forest
The Manti-La Sal National Forest consists of three blocks located in central, eastern and southeastern Utah. The area has an abundance of lakes and is great for fishing, hiking and more.
San Rafael Swell
San Rafael hikes and bike rides offer unique terrain and jaw-dropping scenery. Learn about the area’s trails and start planning your trip!
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